Distinguished Hospital Award goes to PRMC

Peninsula Regional Medical Center today announced that it has received the Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The distinction recognizes PRMC as one of the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for its clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

PRMC was one of just nine hospitals in Maryland to receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, and the sole recipient on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  On the entire Delmarva Peninsula, only Peninsula Regional and Christiana Hospital in Wilmington received the Top 5 Percent in the Nation designation.

“Peninsula Regional’s greatest asset is our team of employees, medical staff, and volunteers.  Our Healthgrades clinical successes are a direct result of their dedication and devotion to every patient and family member,” said Steven Leonard, President/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System and Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

“Quality and safety remain at the heart of everything we do as an organization,” he said. “To be placed among the nation’s best hospitals, once again, by Healthgrades reinforces that we have assembled the finest healthcare team in the region that is committed to outstanding clinical outcomes and quality patient care.”

Healthgrades recognized PRMC with 23 clinical achievements.  In additional to being named a Top 5 Percent hospital for its clinical performance, Peninsula Regional also received the following significant recognitions:

  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgery
  • America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Stroke Care
  • Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Neurosciences
  • Top 5 Percent in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Top 10 Percent in the Nation for Overall GI Services
  • Top 10 Percent in the Nation for Overall Orthopaedic Services

From 2014-2016, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence had, on average, a 26.3 percent lower risk of dying (across 19 procedures and conditions where mortality is the clinical outcome) than if they were treated in hospitals that did not achieve this distinction. During this same period, if all other hospitals as a group performed at the level of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence across these 19 procedures and conditions, on average 159,924 lives could potentially have been saved. For example, patients treated for respiratory failure at a hospital that achieved the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award had, on average, a 24.5 percent lower risk of dying than if treated at a hospital that did not achieve this distinction.

“Given the variation in clinical quality that exists between hospitals, it is more important than ever for consumers to do their research and use information like this to assess their care decisions,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Those hospitals that have received Healthgrades 2018 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award have proven their steadfast commitment to providing quality care to patients.”

Peninsula Regional was also recently recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with a 2018 5-Star Rating – the agency’s best – for the care it provides and the outcomes experienced by patients.  PRMC was just one of four Maryland hospitals to be recognized by CMS with the 5-Star designation and the only hospital on the Eastern Shore.

The 250 recipients of the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence stand out among the rest for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2018 study period (2014-2016), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for patients in the Medicare population across at least 21 of 32 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective clinical outcomes performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications). To learn more about how Healthgrades determines Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence recipients, please visit www.healthgrades.com/quality.

At 289 acute-care beds, PRMC is the eighth-largest hospital in Maryland, and the region’s largest, most advanced tertiary care facility, which has been meeting the healthcare needs of Delmarva Peninsula residents since 1897.  Its 3,300 physicians, staff and volunteers provide safe, compassionate and affordable care designed to exceed the expectations of the nearly 500,000 patients who rely on the Medical Center team each year for inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, subacute and emergency/trauma services.

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